MA Legislature Holds Info Hearing on Alzheimer’s, Dementia Projections

Oct 25, 2017

The state legislature’s Joint Committees on Public Health and Elder Affairs hosted an informational hearing titled “Alzheimer’s and Dementia as a Healthcare Crisis” with expert panels that included state officials, caregivers, researchers and statewide provider organizations.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projection of over 150,000 people suffering from Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts by 2025, the questions raised for those invited to speak regarded the preparedness of Massachusetts to address the increasing population with Alzheimer’s and what the state can do better.

For more on the hearing, see news coverage of the event from Commonwealth Magazine and the Boston Globe.

Thanks to Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee members Alice Bonner (Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mike Festa (State Director – AARP MA) and Jonathan Jackson PhD (Instructor of Neurology at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) who offered comments at the hearing.